It usually takes years to get familiarised with Indian mythology. Even though the plots and the sub-plots are gripping, its complexities alienate children, who only want a story told. Simply, if possible. So, Delhi-based artist Rajkamal Aich decided to simplify mythology for children and acquaint them with the richness of Indian epics.
"I simplified the text, so that it is easy to grasp. The primary goal is to acquaint children, who have grown up with Cartoon Network and Japanese comics, with Indian mythology. If you go through the books of mythology, you will understand that they will not attract children since the plots are very complicated. Kids just want a simple story, so, I broke it down for them and made it kid-friendly," Aich told HuffPost India.
Aich believes that if artists from around the world can pick up Indian epics and work on them as contemporary projects, then the same can be done by Indian artists.
"And since I am a Bengali and since this is the time of Durga Puja, which is a big thing for us, I simplified the story of Durga Ma," Aich said. This particular series on the story of Goddess Durga and Mahishasur is called Mahishasur Mardini.
Although his artwork might be directed at children, they are attracting their fair share of adults as well.